The FDA has more than 200 activists - Professional Development Champions (PDCs) - supporting the development work driven by the FDA Learn project. 

FDA Learn

The FDA’s Professionalism Project (FDA Learn) was launched in 2008 to help members to achieve their professional and personal development targets.  The project works closely with employers, universities and external partners. A particular focus is around supporting members to develop careers across public delivery, an approach which is outlined in the FDA Alternative White Paper Delivering for the Nation: Securing a World Class Civil Service

As well as working with Civil Service Learning, Civil Service Fast Stream and Civil Service Resourcing, we also work closely with public servants at similar levels in local government and health.    

FDA Professional Development Champions (PDCs)

The FDA has more than 200 activists - Professional Development Champions (PDCs) - supporting the development work driven by the FDA Learn project. Based on a coaching and mentoring approach, the role of the PDC is to 'inform and support' members in developing and achieving their professional goals.

Currently our PDCs cover more than 70 employers and professions, but we still need further coverage as we aim to develop our PDC network; principally by establishing the role of ‘Lead PDC’.

PDCs can:

  • signpost opportunities and providers;
  • receive training and have the right to time off to carry out their duties; and
  • are supported by learning agreements with employers
  • work with other PDCs within departments and across the FDA

To find out more about FDA Learn, become a Professional Development Champion (PDC), or to join the FDA so you can take full advantage of what FDA has to offer, email Neil Rider via neil@fda.org.uk or phone 07973 336 902.